Slavery and its after-effects | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Slavery and its after-effects

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 6:18 AM

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Douglas Blackmon, a former Arkansan, was in Little Rock for a talk Friday at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

He talked of the roots and findings of his book, "Slavery by Another Name," and, with panelists, engaged some of the racial issues that continue to vex us.

John Brummett attended the talk and received the message about the virtual slavery that continued in the South long after the Civil War.

To read “Slavery by Another Name” and ponder its lingering damage is to understand better why affirmative action had its place. It is to understand better the pervasive distrust among African-Americans for law enforcement.

Ancestry, cultural heritage — none of us, including today’s African-Americans, can altogether escape ours.

Yes, the issue of reparations arose. Blackmon punted it, but Pulaski Juvenile Judge Wiley Branton Jr., son of the late great civil rights lawyer, tackled it as a panelist.

For the government to hand out money to all black people today for yesterday’s inhumanity would be impractical and perhaps foolhardy, Branton said. But there ought to be some way, he argued, to direct money generally and institutionally to offer targeted help to today’s African-Americans to try to mitigate, in a general way, their inherited disadvantages.

Special help for those who are black — in their woeful inner cities, in the colleges predominantly of their color, in their persistent absence of opportunity — continues to be a national moral imperative.

Don’t think so? Scoff? Don’t we now have an African-American president?


Comments (16)

Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-16 of 16

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Darren McFadden arrested on DWI at Texas Whataburger

    Darren McFadden, the former Razorback football star, was arrested for DWI Monday after being reportedly found asleep at a Whataburger drive-through in the Dallas area.
    • Jan 21, 2019
  • News and the open line on King Day

    M.L. King Day: The open lines and a roundup of headlines and comment.
    • Jan 21, 2019
  • Governor lauds King, but there's work to be done

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson has made several public appearances today as part of the observance of King Day and his remarks have included lauding the state's 2017 action (and his own) in ending the dual observance of King's birthday with that of a man who fought to preserve slavery, Robert E. Lee. I have one brief observation on his remarks:
    • Jan 21, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Is Arkansas in or out on Kobach voter data effort?

    The Washington Post has published a map that counts Arkansas as among states that will "partially comply" with a sweeping request for voter data by the so-called election integrity commission set up by Donald Trump in an effort to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's 3 million-vote popular defeat of him in 2016.
    • Jul 2, 2017
  • Greenbrier's paddling of student protester goes worldwide

    The paddling of Greenbrier High School students who joined in te national school walkout Wednesday has produced headlines worldwide.
    • Mar 17, 2018
  • Rep. Mary Bentley's website now supports gay rights

    Somebody has cybersquatted on Republican Rep. Mary Bentley's website, replacing her messaging with a call for equal rights for LGBTQ people.
    • Jul 18, 2017


Most Recent Comments


© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation